History of the Restoration Movement

Robert Coleman Ballard


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Gospel Advocate Report

The Gospel Advocate, Wednesday, October 7, 1891, page 633

Firm Foundation Report

Firm Foundation, April 5, 1910, page 4

Gospel Advocate Obituary

Robert Coleman Ballard was born in North Carolina on January 19, 1836, and died at Leesburg, Ala., on October 5, 1917. Surviving him are his wife, five sons, and four daughters. The sons are: J. L. Ballard, of Sacul, Texas; M. F. Ballard, of Menlo, Ga.; R. C. Ballard, of Paul's Valley, Okla.;I. C. Ballard, of Gadsden, Ala.; and P. C. Ballard, of Stockdale, Okla. The daughters are: Mrs. H. E. Thomas, of Menlo, Ga.; Mrs. S. B. Howard, of Fort Payne, Ala.; Mrs. M. Hooks, of Leesburg, Ala.; and Mrs. F. .J. Kennedy, of Oklahoma. Brother Ballard spent many years preaching the gospel, and he was the means of the establishment of the cause of Christ in many parts of North Alabama. The esteem in which he was held in his own community was evidenced by the very large crowd that attended the funeral, and by the many expressions of praise which were voluntarily made by the people of Leesburg. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church at Leesburg by the writer, assisted by a Mr. Palmer, a Baptist minister, who has for a number of years been an intimate friend of the Ballard family. The remains were laid to rest in the Leesburg Cemetery (Web editor note: Actually, the Cedar Hill Methodist Church Cemetery).

-Aruna Clark, Gospel Advocate, October 25, 1917, page 1042 / Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Directions To The Grave of Robert C. Ballard

R.C. Ballard is buried in the east central Alabama town of Leesburg. He is bured in the Cedar Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The cemetery sits on the edge of the Coosa River in a most beautiful setting. The monument is extremely ornate and inviting. To get to the cemetery take I-59 north of Birmingham, past Gadsden, take Exit 205, the Collinsville exit, and turn right. Go into the little town and turn right on Hwy. 11/S. Valley Ave. Then turn left on Hwy. 68. When coming into Leesburg, turn left on La Rue Finis. Then left on Embos Island Street. The church and cemetery will be on the right. The grave will be just to the right of the church building on the top of the hill.

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Cedar Hill United Methodist Church & Cemetery

Ballard Plot Just To The Right Of The Church Building

Photos Taken 06.22.2013
Page Produced 10.11.2013
Courtesy of Scott Harp

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